Making a home

The family crest of the Bangor family in the pediment at Castle Ward

It can be hard to imagine yourself living in a house like Castle Ward, especially now when we treat it as a museum. By delving into the collections, we can look at how primarily, the house was a home.

The idea of having a 'home' and household of one's own as we understand it today, is an inherently Georgian ideal, as illustrated through Bernard and Lady Anne Ward (Viscount and Viscountess Bangor cr. 1781) and exemplified in this existing extraordinary and unusual house of two sides.

How to make a home? Definitely start with your own monogram.
Castle Ward monogrammed stationery
How to make a home? Definitely start with your own monogram.

Whilst the couple had differing tastes in architecture, he Classical, she Gothick, the idea of creating a 'home' for them both, expressive of their tastes and their passions was paramount. And whilst it has been altered in some ways, enhanced and added to by successive generations of the Ward Family, they have all continued to reinforce the fact that this was their 'home' and a place where they could find self-expression.

What could make you feel more accomplished than furniture with your name on it?
Monogrammed chair at Castle Ward
What could make you feel more accomplished than furniture with your name on it?

If we look at the Collection we can see how they used family crests, armorials, coronets and monogramming on all manner of objects to reinforce the idea that this was their home, and a place special to them.

You won't find these at Anthropologie
Castle Ward Monogrammed dinner setting
You won't find these at Anthropologie

At the moment, as we all spend more time than usual in our homes, perhaps we can consider how even today, we too express our own personalities and identities within our own homes and how important this is to us all. We at Castle Ward hope that you will find inspiration in some of our unique Collection items posted here.

The Georgian version of Life Laugh Love
A fire screen from Castle Ward with the Bangor crest
The Georgian version of Life Laugh Love